The biggest question that comes into play is this WHY?
1. OUR ROADS ARE CROWDED
Most road users are frustrated as they all feel they are in a rush. This causes a lot of people who want to move somewhere fast go slow and this many have not realized to start their journey early.
Because of our crowded roads there is a high sharp increase on distracted driving as its now close to impossible to have good concentration.
Road users themselves on these crowded roads are fighting to share the road as every one is on peer pressure to be seen as the best driver or pro. This has only led to one thing aggressive driving that has only bore road rage.
2. DRIVER EDUCATION SYSTEM
The many driving schools we have around have very less resources. That is why we see driving schools with one lorry and we have about 25 students at the back. This limits a lot especially in training.
Due to limitations on resources we have poor training. Imagine 25 learners in one lorry, limited fuel limits the driver training because distance covered for training is very little. We have fatigued instructors who are also not very well paid and now won’t give commitment and passion.
Privatization of driving schools have just broken up the whole system. As no one cares to produce the best but just formality.
3. DRIVING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS ARE LOW THAT IT IS EASY TO GET
We have seen people go public on social media and posting that if you want driver licenses just give them a call. To my surprise they deliver and as long as you have the dl you hit the road.
We no longer take driving as serious as we should. The professionalism of driving is slowly dying as many join in the chaos believe moving the vehicle from point A to B is okay.
Driver education system has been watered down from learning to profit based schools.
4. HALF BAKED ROAD USERS
We are having half baked road users joining the chaos we already have. All categories of road users use the road
1. With very little knowledge of how to use the road.
2.very little training on how to use the road like pedestrians don’t know which side of the road they must walk on.
3. We have improving infrastructure but users are less experienced that’s why we see motorcycle riders ride on pedestrian foot paths.
Because of such POOR ROAD USAGE is among the leading causes of deaths in Kenya. World Health Organisation -WHO- says we loose between 3000-13000 lives annually in Kenya alone.
Driving schools are only teaching on how to pass the test and help facilitate how to buy drivers licenses. They then release you to come To the road and learn the hard way that is why we loose so many.
The people we loose are just loved ones. All Involved are loved ones to someone.
Road safety is a message of love and only those who have true love will share it with you
Let’s make our roads a safer place for all road users